Photo By Hayley Osborne : ©2011 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Brian Shanks (rear left) and John Washburn (right) founders of Bold Rock Cidery, chat with one of their Texas vendors on the site of the new cidery under construction just south of Nellysford, Virginia.
Nelson County, Virginia
It’s no secret that Nelson County is the place to be on the east coast if you are in the business of making wine, beer, and now cider! Bold Rock Cidery started construction a few weeks ago  on the site owned by John Washburn. It’s on the left about 2 miles south of Nellysford soon after you pass Spruce Creek. ““It [will] be a welcoming ‘public house’ in the original sense of the word,” said John. “A place for locals to gather and visitors to enjoy.” John managed to lasso one of the world’s premier cider makers, Brian Shanks. Brian is a co-founder and COO of the newly formed company.
John Washburn, CEO, of Bold Rock Cidery, shows off his cap for Nelson's newest addition. Hard cider.
In our September 2011 issue we take a look at the the latest happenings with the progress of Nelson’s breweries and cidery. Click on the image above to read now! Print copies hitting the stands this week!
Head north up Route 151 about 10 miles or so and Blue Mountain Brewery is just days away from opening their new expanded restaurant & event facility. Above, people enjoy a nice afternoon on the patio in front of the soon to open addition.
Hayley grabbed this shot of the shiny just finished floors in the addition at Blue Mountain. The new section will be opening sometime on September.
Photo By Heidi Crandall: Jump one county over and Nelson established Devils Backbone Brewing is well on their way to completing their 15,000 square foot comercial brewing facility in neighboring Rockbridge County.
Steve Crandall (DBBC owner) says they’re not aiming to ship across the country, but the response to the DBBC beers has been “phenomenal” so they definitely need another brewing outlet (that’s where Rockbridge County’s “Outpost” comes in), though the Nelson County “Base Camp” will definitely still be brewing.
Photo By Hayley Osborne: Back in Nelson County, Nellysford to be exact, Mary Wolf and brewing son, Danny, are closing in fast on getting their new brewery and restaurant open. Mary, above, looks over and enclosure just finished at the Old Rockfish School just south of Nellysford. She recently bought the property for her new venture.
Out back, Mary inspects the recently framed addition that will house the actual brewery. Wild Wolf Brewing is slated to open in their new location on 11-11-11 if all goes as planned.
Read lots more about all of what’s happening with the breweries and cidery by clicking here to read our electronic online edition of Nelson County Life Magazine  or pick up a printed copy out on stands this week!